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Album Review

With slick production from Nile Rodgers and employing neither guitarist's band (Double Trouble nor the Fabulous Thunderbirds), this is bluesy, but far from purist. Jimmie makes his vocal debut on "White Boots" and "Good Texan," and the brothers blur the lines between their expected guitar styles — Stevie sometimes going for a less sustainy twang, Jimmie moving into Albert King territory. When standard blues is the order of the day (the slow instro "Brothers"), the key word is "standard" — bordering on run-of-the-mill. Instrumentals "D/FW" and "Hillbillies from Outer Space" fare better — offering ZZ Top crunch and Santo & Johnny steel, respectively.

Customer Reviews

Some good songs on a weird album

At first I listened to this album as a Stevie fan, which is probably why I didn't like it. After experiencing a lot more blues, I listened to it again and liked it a lot more. There are some essential SRV songs on this album. Tick Tock, Telephone Song, Hard to Be, Long Way From Home, and the instrumental DFW are highlights. 3 of those 5 just happen to feature Stevie as a writer. Most of the songs Jimmie wrote aren't quite my bag of tea. I'm more into Blues Rock and they seem more country than Bluesey, but you might like them. Other than the songs, there are alot of weird sounds and voices which were kind of hard for me to look past at first they're supposed to be funny or something? The album would probably have gotten 4 stars if not for the track Hillbillies in Outer Space. See if you can listen to Tick Tock without thinking of John Mayer's Waiting on the World to Change. There are a couple tracks where they just jam and it's pretty cool the first couple times. Overall it's a very unique album with a blend of a few very different styles of Blues. Check it out especially if you're a big fan of either Vaughan.

Classic SRV

Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughn team up to create a classic album of Texas rock and southern blues. Sadly it was the last time they would work together before Stevie's death in 1991. Each track showcases both of their styles which complement each other nearly perfectly, particularly on "Brothers" and "Tick Tock". A must have for any fan of either Stevie or Jimmie.

Vaughan Bros. Family Style

Not your regular SVR album, not the mind-bending blues guitar solos we all love but a more relaxed, playful style here. Fantastic stuff. Hard to Be, White Boots highly recommended.


Formed: 1990

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Sibling blues guitarists Jimmie Vaughan (born in 1951) and Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990) were born and raised in Dallas, TX. Each began playing guitar during childhood, Stevie Ray inspired to take up the instrument by his older brother. Jimmie Vaughan played in various groups in Dallas and Austin before hooking up with singer/harmonica player Kim Wilson and forming the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1974. The group was signed to Chrysalis Records, for which they made four albums, starting with a self-titled...
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